Joe Biden's $585,000 hotel bill makes no sense
There's no way the vice president and his entourage could rack up those kinds of charges in Paris or London.
Just ask the large entourage that went with him on a recent trip to Paris. A blog with the conservative news magazine The Weekly Standard points to a government document showing a $585,000 contract for Biden's stay at the Intercontinental Paris Le Grand hotel.
Biden did spend an evening in Paris in early February, but there are no details in the document about whether this contract is accurate or what the final hotel bill came to. A standard room in the hotel costs about $475 a night, and the royal two-bedroom suite runs about $3,900 a night.
The Weekly Standard also points to another government contract for Biden's London hotel stay in early February. The contract, to the Hyatt Regency London, totaled $459,339. An associated document with that contract said it was for 136 rooms for 893 room nights.
But none of this makes sense. For 893 room nights, that would mean that the 136 rooms would be reserved for at least six nights each -- longer than Biden's entire five-day European visit.
So let's say that Biden also needed 136 rooms for his one-night stay in Paris. Even if every single room rang up the $3,900 nightly cost of the royal suite, the total still wouldn't meet the reported $585,000 contract cost.
Biden spent five days in Europe in early February in the first overseas trip of his second term. He started with a Feb. 1 visit with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, spoke at a security conference in Munich on Feb. 2, visited wounded U.S. veterans at a German hospital on Feb. 3, met with French President Francois Hollande on Feb. 4 and finally met with British Prime Minister David Cameron on Feb. 5.
Twitter was lit up Friday with people enraged by the spending listed in Biden's hotel contracts. The vice president's office could calm the waters by releasing the actual numbers showing what was spent. So far, though, his Twitter account and his spokespeople are mum.
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Why doesn't this SXXX come up why they are pointing the finger at the 1%'ers that don't pay their fair share. The ABSOLUTE WASTE in government to cater to ignoramus' of the likes of Biden and Moochelle is beyond fathomable to the modern tax payer. The sequester is in motion but our dipstick POTUS sends and promises more and more money over seas. What about the SEQUESTER and the SHORTAGE, these posers and the liar and chief are nothing but puppets and dividers while they point and snicker at people of wealth and pretend to sympathize with the down trodden they know NOTHING about. It sickens me every time they speak, about being an American to pay taxes etc..
Just out now the proven fraud of the birth certificate, will they dispatch of this disgrace in office why "hell No" it must be Fox news or someone being fraud exposing the fraud, and it goes on and on..
How any human being of ANY common sense can look at what has been going on with this administration and say we are better off should be institutionalized!!!
Any way you slice it, this is a lot of money. When I was a government employee on travel, I don't think per diem would quite cover it. I checked the State Department website and the current rate for lodging is $379 per night. I guess there were no government rate rooms available.
It's interesting that some government employees have to travel on a budget while others ( like the VP) don't.
Just raise taxes somemore......that should cover it.
It's what government does best.
Even poorest among us have a dream of acting and living rich at others expense. Who would have thought train riding Senator turned VP can spend this amount?
Human frailties are perpetually live among the most noblest of us, ready to germinate given the right situation.
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